One of the advantages of online journals is the low barrier to starting one up. That is to say, unlike print journals, which required a large investment to establish and operate, online journals can be set up easily, quickly, and cheaply.
This low barrier is an advantage for the scholarly communication of research on new and trendy topics. Let’s take the concept of “cloud computing,” for example. The OED Online cites a use of this term as early as 1996, but I think the term really began to be used a lot only within the past few years.
Obviously, there are many disadvantages to having a low barrier to starting up online journals. One is the fact that it makes it too easy to start up bogus journals. Another one is the fact that there is an increasing shortage of unused journal titles.
Unfortunately, two publishers have each created a new cloud computing journal with the exact same title:
It appears that the IBIMA journal appeared first, for it has an article from 2011. All the articles in the SpringerOpen journal are from 2012.
However, there are only two articles in the IBIMA journal, but the SpringerOpen has nineteen (as of Sept. 18, 2012).
Both journals are gold open-access journals. The SpringerOpen journal charges an author processing fee (APC) of US$785; the IBIMA journal charges $295.
The IBIMA journal has an editor-in-chief but no editorial board. The SpringerOpen journal has a large editorial board and several editors. I hope to follow the progress of the conflict and see how it plays out.
Appendix: Other journals on cloud computing (publisher):
- Cloudbook Journal (cloudbook: The Cloud Computing & SaaS Information Resource)
- Cloud Computing Journal (SYS-CON Media)
- International Journal of Cloud Applications and Computing (IGI Global)
- International Journal of Cloud Computing (InderScience Publishers)
- International Journal of Cloud Computing and Services Science (Institute of Advanced Engineering and Science)
- International Journal on Cloud Computing Services and Architecture (Academy & Industry Research Collaboration Center)
Note: These journals are not necessarily considered to be predatory journals.